Private Views

There is plenty of art to see for free. I support emerging and established artists with only positive reviews of their exhibitions on opening nights.

Michael Craig-Martin – Gagosian London

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In the United Kingdom’s largest open-air gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the Henry Moores were arranged so the viewer could only see one at a time wherever they stood in the landscape. Michael Craig-Martin’s powder-coated, pop art pieces are larger and more colourful yet here there are displayed indoors in a London Gallery for the first time and they are in your face as they could be.

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Being Frank – Private Screening

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Frank Sidebottom was in touch with his fans. I used to write to him and he used to write back too. If you sent him a stamped addressed envelope, he would send you a fanzine (or Com as he called it) absolutely free. This is a documentary about his creator and alter ego, Chris Sievey, created largely from around 100 boxes of archive material donated by his brother.

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Plans for an Unused Land

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At first glance, Anna-Bella Papp’s latest installation at Modern Art could be an architectural display in the local town hall. Her delicate use of clay is almost dental in its approach. A booklet accompanying the exhibit explains that Papp discovered she is to inherit some land in her Romanian home town and she takes us on a walk describing what she could do with it.

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Notes on Objects

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Pop Art meets Fluxus in this neat little Fitzrovia exhibition that expands the concepts of sculpture. Two pieces are on plinths, yet sculptures they are not. Harm van den Dorpel has transformed the ubiquitous paperbag into absent dioramas by using Henry Moore-esque curves and shapes as negative spaces.

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Subversive Stitch – TJ Boulting

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If you asked members of the public to list acceptable art mediums in reverse order of importance, textiles would probably be somewhere near the bottom only just above Chris Ofili’s use of elephant shit. Subversive Stitch at TJ Boulting proves otherwise. Here, carpet sculptures and embroidery hang with all the grace and importance of anything adorning the walls of Tate Modern.

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